Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder - a dashing rakehell from a family of charming London rogues. Enthralled by the lovely young woman with shining eyes and dark hair, he purchases her to be his mistress, unaware of the true worth of his prize. He never imagined that this woman he so frivolously acquired would be blessed with all the attributes he was looking for in a wife - grace, wit, intelligence, as well as beauty. He certainly never expected to fall in love.
©2008 Johanna Lindsey; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I read/listened to all of the Mallory books. I have to say that this one is a bit darker than the others. Unlike the other stories where the heroine is rescued, this time she is taken by a truly sick and demented person. If it weren't a Lindsey novel, I would wonder if she was going to make it out alive.
The reader is also different which takes some getting used to. He is not bad, just different.
I read the Malory novels out of order so I read this book last. I love the series and this one was definitely not a disappointment! Derek is as loveable as all of her other male characters. I loved listening to the way he obviously adored Kelsey. The narrator really bothered me though. He made all the men sound ridiculous, especially Anthony and James, and he made Rosilyn sound like Mother Goose. Still loved the book though.
I've listened to most of the Mallory books and while the regular narrator has annoying habits that had begun to grate on my nerves, I'm very disappointed in the narrator of this book. His voice in regular reading mode is pleasant, but his voices are horrible. All of the men sound so haughty and dispassionate I can't seem to even like Derek. The other Mallory family voices are just as snooty sounding...I don't even like James and Anthony in this book and they are my favorite Mallorys. Pity I think I would have liked the book with Laural Merlington as the narrator and I had just written a review about how annoying I was beginning to find Merlington and wished for a different narrator. Be careful what you wish for...
An unbelievable regency romp. If you're a romance writer you should stick to that genre. The "crime' was unbelievable and the evil caricatures of the bad guys were ludicrous.
As described by others, the narrator has a pleasant speaking voice but when it came to his characters, it was abysmal. The men all sounded like buffoons and as for the women, I kept hearing the Little Britain boys saying "I'm a lady! That's what I am, a lady!"
a different plot and a less over the top narrator!
The premise is already wild, so I was expecting something less than realisitic, but the completely inexplicable and unneccessary piracy backstory and the ginormous cast of secondary characters that neither served a function nor were distinguishable from each other was ... bad.
Also the ending was far too deus ex machina and thus felt unearned.
Yes. Certainly books by this author and narrator. Give me some Georgette Heyer instead!
Rosalyn Landor, except I think she would be wasted on this!
All the unneccessary uncles and cousins that lead to the endless discussions of somehow totally socially acceptable piracy!
I don't agree with the bad reviews. I love the evil character along the lines of the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo " villan and having an Egor-like side kick as Dr. Frankenstein would employ. Although the evil doings were softened up a bit and not so horrific but bad enough. I had to to listen to this book until the end. As I was not familiar with this series, I read this one first and realized there were more. I then started at the top and got to know the other characters.
Of course! I recommend audiobooks all of the time. I'm a relative newbie to the romance and erotic genre however, this book was fun because of all of the characters and the smart twist at the end.
I suppose I favor the male characters like Lord Malory. He's kind hearted and passionate and really is surprised when he falls in love.
Audiobooks are so very entertaining. It's almost like watching a play but your imagination can still be active when it comes to the characters and what they would look like. Audiobooks are the best ever!
The highest bidder becomes the best lover.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
I'm a JL fan and actually have most of her books. This is my first audio book that I've gotten of hers. Maybe I've enjoyed other stories she has written better???? This one was on sale so I grabbed it. Anyway I was just bored. It could be my taste has changed or just not one of her better novels? It's just not a very exciting listen for my taste. I haven't read her books in awhile but I do seem to remember the other books are more exciting than this one. If you haven't tried her books I would advise you to try one of her better books.
Regency romantic mystery at its finest.
I loved this tale. I found the strength of the heroine respectable, the kind intent of the hero eventually heartwarming, and the twisting turning and weaving of the plot quite compelling. Yes, verrrry good book.
Well worth a credit!!!
My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.
This book is in my top 3 category.
The Present, also by Johanna Lindsey. The Mallory series is exciting, inviting, gloriously amusing & yes satisfies the romantic in us.
My only quirk with some audio books is the narrator. I do wish they would record it more in the style of the book. For example: instead of having 1 woman trying to disguise her voice as 4 different male characters & 4 to 6 female characters, why don't they have a man and woman record the book. This narrator makes the men come across scruffy & undignified when the men are actually "Lords" who would speak with a proper English accent, not a lower class accent.
Love see's through barriers.
Johanna Lindsey is extremely detailed in her writing & never makes you wonder or leaves you figuring out the backstory of each character yourself because she provides you with such marvelous and often humorous descriptions herself.
Beautifully read and well worth the price paid. A story of intimacy and trust, only received on the path to ruin for a young woman who tries to do the best for her family and younger sister through selling herself in a house of Eros. The passion and love that flare through a series of her (well meant) lies, and a jealous lord that is determined to have her for himself in any twisted way he can, show through the story in passion, lust and friendships that determine where and with who Kelsie finally ends up. Brilliant.
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